Over 60 Airline Workers Arrested At JFK Airport, Major Disruptions Reported Amid Wage Protests – CBS New York
Airline catering workers and supporters were cuffed as they blocked the streets around Terminal 8, which serves American Airlines.
Others staged a sit-in inside, creating chaos for holiday travelers.
The workers want a nationwide wage increase to at least $15 an hour and say only one in five of them get health insurance.
Fellow workers are staging similar protests against the airlines and their catering companies at 17 other major airports around the country.
This all started in July when the workers began demanding higher wages and better benefits from the airlines and the catering companies they sub-contract.
“It’s time that they value you and show the value of the work that you do and stop with this ‘we’re not gonna pay you fair wages, we’re not gonna give you good benefits.’ It’s time that they negotiate a fair contract,” Vincent Alvarez, president of the New York City Central Labor Council said.
The airlines say paying these outside vendors more will drive up costs.
The workers argue the airlines are making record profits and should distribute some of that to their workforce.